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Tournament Rules

Polo Field Friendlies – Tournament Rules

All games shall be played in accordance with the Laws of The Game observed by the IYSA, US Youth Soccer and FIFA with the exceptions noted below.

ELIGIBILITY

U13 - U15 teams have a maximum roster size of 22 players.

U11 and U12 teams have a maximum roster size of 16 players.

U9 and U10 teams have a maximum roster size of 14 players. 

U7 and U8 girls divisions have a maximum roster size of 14 players.

U7 and U8 boys divisions have a maximum roster size of 12 players. 

Maximum number of guest players from outside the given team’s club is three (3) per team.

Guest players from within the same club are unlimited. 

Guest players count towards the maximum number of rostered players. 
Guest player permits are required for guest-players from outside the team’s club.

ROSTERS:

Rosters will be frozen at the start of each teams first game.

No Sharing of players within an age group (Unless approved by the Tournament Director)

Teams must be in possession of a players pass to play.

GAME FORMAT
U7, U8 Boys – 5v5 (No offside rule)

U7 & U8 Girls – 7v7

U9 & U10 – 7v7
U11 & U12 – 9v9

U13 & U14 – 11v11

USSF Build Out line rules, heading and punting will be used through u10.

REGISTRATION:

IYSA/US YOUTH SOCCER TEAMS

·  United States Youth Soccer / State Association Approved Roster, including all required

signatures

·  IYSA Tournament Roster, including all required signatures

·  IYSA Medical Release and Liability Waivers are required for each player. Forms must be

current – completed and signed within the last 12 months. No other organization’s medical

release/liability waivers are acceptable. These forms do not have to be notarized.

·  United States Youth Soccer / State Association Approved Guest Player Form, signed by the

borrowing team coach and the lending team coach.

·  IYSA Background Check and Concussion Certification Form

·  United States Youth Soccer / State Association Approved Application For Travel (out of

state teams)

·  PLAYER PASSES (Bring To Team Check-in on Friday, September 19th) – Current / Valid United States Youth Soccer / State Association Player Passes are required for all players.

US CLUB TEAMS/NON-US YOUTH SOCCER TEAMS

(applies to teams playing in the NISL)

  • IYSA FORM NT (rev 2014), including required signature

  • IYSA Medical Release and Liability Waivers are required for each player. Forms must be current – completed and signed within the last 12 months. No US Club or other organization’s medical release/liability waivers are acceptable. These forms do not have to be notarized.
  • US CLUB ROSTER OR NON-US YOUTH SOCCER ORGANIZATION ROSTER
  • 
IYSA Tournament Roster, including all required signature
  • 
IYSA Background Check and Concussion Certification Form

  • Proof of permission to travel from organization of registration (US Club Membership Rights letter will suffice for US Club teams)
  • PLAYER PASSES (Bring To Team Check in) – Current / Valid United States Youth Soccer / Affiliated Member Organization Player Passes are required for all players.

FAILURE TO SHOW AND COMPLETE THE GAME

If a team cancels after the acceptance date, the team will forfeit its entry fee.

THE FIRST TEAM LISTED IS THE HOME TEAM In the event of uniform color conflict.  The home team must change to an alternate color. Jerseys must be numbered. Goalkeeper’s uniform must be different from teammates.

PLAYERS EQUIPMENT

Referees have the final approval as to safety of player’s equipment. The IYSA endorses FIFA Law 4 on Safety, which states “A player must not use equipment or wear anything which is dangerous to himself or another player (including any kind of jewelry).” In FIFA Law 5 regarding the Powers and Duties of the referee it states, “The Referee ensures that the players’ equipment meets the requirements of Law 4.” Medical bracelets or necklaces must be taped or otherwise secured so as not to present a hazard and in a manner that the medical message can be clearly seen. Regular glasses will not be allowed on the field of play.

GAME BALLS

Each team shall furnish a game ball. All U7 and U8 BOYS divisions will use a size 3 ball. U8 GIRLS and all U9 through U12 divisions will use a size 4 ball.  U13 and older will use a size 5 ball.

DURATION OF GAMES

U7 and U8 teams: 25 minute halves with a 5 minute half time.
U9 and U10 teams: 25 minute halves with a 5 minute half time.

U11 and U12 teams: 25 minute halves with a 5 minute half time.

U13 and U14 teams: 30 minute halves with a 5 minute half time.

SUBSTITUTION

All U7 – U12 teams are able to sub “On the Fly.” This means players can sub during the run of play without stopping the game. All “On the Fly” subs must be deemed appropriate and within the spirit of the game by the referee. To avoid confusion and disruption of the game, a maximum of 3 players can be subbed at one time, and changes must occur at the half-line, unless approved by the referee.  U13 and older teams will use FIFA subbing rules, with the exception of subbing on free kicks and corner kicks, which will be at the discretion of the referee.

FRIENDLY GAMES

This is a “Friendly” event.  Scores will not be kept or posted at the tournament.

WEATHER AND EMERGENCY CHANGES

Where necessitated by weather or other emergency, the tournament committee shall have the authority to:
Relocate/reschedule any game,
Reduce by up to half, the duration of the game.

Cancel games based on weather conditions or player and spectator safety concerns.

The Tournament Committee will decide any circumstances that arise during the tournament which are not covered by these rules and their decisions will be final.

CANCELLATIONS BY THE TOURNAMENT AND REFUNDS

If the tournament is canceled due to weather, unsafe playing conditions or Park District closure, teams will be refunded a portion of their fees after any incurred tournament expenses.

If the tournament has begun, a prorated refund of the entry fee will be given based on a number of factors.  The tournament will officially start with the first game of the tournament and will not be based on each teams individual first game.

SCORING, STANDINGS AND TIE BREAKERS

There will be no scores or standings recorded during this event.

OVERTIME

There will be no overtime or penalty kicks in this event.

RED CARDS & DISCIPLINE
ANY PLAYER OR COACH WHO RECEIVES A RED CARD (SEND OFF) DURING THE TOURNAMENT PLAY IS INELIGIBLE FOR THE NEXT SCHEDULED GAME. THE COACH IS RESPONSIBLE FOR HIS OWN ACTIONS AS WELL AS THOSE OF THE PLAYERS AND SPECTATORS REASONABLY THOUGHT TO BE WITH HIS/HER TEAM.

PROTESTS

All referee decisions are final. This is a friendly event and there are no protests.

TEAMS AND SPECTATORS LOCATION

Players and coaches of both teams shall occupy the same side of the field. Spectators shall occupy the opposite side of the field across from the team they support.

REFEREES

All referees will be provided by the tournament and will be US Soccer certified.

THE TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR AND TOURNAMENT STAFF RESERVE THE RIGHT TO AMMEND ANY AND ALL EVENT RULES IF IT’S DEEMED IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE EVENT.